THE mother of Opposition Leader Tony Abbott helped raise nearly $13,000 for disadvantaged young people in Blacktown by donating a dozen bottles of Parliament House wine signed by her son.
Fay ‘‘Pete’’ Abbott’s wine got more than $500 in a silent auction at this year’s annual Marist Youth Care Golf Day held at Chatswood Golf Club recently.
The 80-year-old is a long time member of Chatswood Golf Club.
She was among more than 120 Marist Youth Care supporters and Chatswood Club members who pitched and putted to raise funds for 10 scholarships for disadvantaged young people to attend Pete’s Place School in Blacktown.
Club member, Lisa Deakin — who won the bid — said her election night party would be merrier now.
Pete’s Place was established by Marist Youth Care to provide an alternative learning environment for year 7-10 students who have complex needs and are unable to succeed in mainstream schools.
Students receive intensive support and an individualised education program incorporating academic, social and emotional learning.
Marist Youth Care chief executive officer Cate Sydes said Pete’s Place was at the heart of its work in providing education services to the most disadvantaged young people.
She said the school was achieving outcomes with students who are the hardest to reach in our community.